The Dalai Lama: lessons of kindness in school will reduce the number of teen suicides

RIGA, October 11 – RIA Novosti, Olga Lipic. Lessons of kindness and attention to human consciousness in the education system will help to reduce the number of mental illnesses and suicide in the world, said the Dalai Lama answering questions from Buddhists in the Baltic countries and Russia in Riga.

“The existing education system is highly focused on the material development. We miss the lessons, which would indicate our mind, the consciousness, about the importance of kindness. Not only me, not only Buddhists, but also the educators of today also come to this conclusion,” said the Dalai Lama in response to the question about the reasons for the increase in mental diseases, especially among children and adolescents.

According to him, it is because of the lack of kindness, compassion and love in society today in Japan, Switzerland and other countries with high financial development in many teenagers committing suicide.

“Suicide unfavorable, very sad, aimlessly. From the point of view of the Dharma (teachings) is definitely a sin,” said the Dalai Lama.

He did not rule out that some pathologies may cause and receiving the pregnant woman painkillers and other drugs that have a negative effect on the status of the embryo. “It seems that the people who adhere to centuries-old methods (that involve children — ed.), patients born less,” he also shared the observations of a Buddhist leader.

At the two-day teachings of the Dalai Lama for Buddhists in the Baltic countries and Russia in the hall of the Riga “Skonto” has gathered about 4,500 people from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and also from Ukraine, Belarus, Finland, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, USA and other countries. In the hall you could see well-known politicians and artists, among them Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Boris Grebenshchikov, Valentin Gaft. The organizers of the exercises, addressed the society “Save Tibet” (Riga), Fund “Save Tibet” (Moscow) and the Center of Tibetan culture and information (Moscow).